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David L. Coppola, Tenth President of Keystone College

Tenth President of Keystone College

Dr. David L. Coppola was the tenth president and nineteenth leader of Keystone College since 2013. As president, he worked to continue the 150-year legacy of excellence in education for which Keystone is known. In particular, he led the College and the faculty to a new level in academic offerings in master’s degrees and expanded adult and online educational offerings, while remaining committed to improving the quality undergraduate experience for every Keystone student.

CoppoiaD--033-regaliaDr. Coppola was especially interested in undergraduate student success and spearheaded the Keystone College “Stairs to Success Program,” a four-year developmental plan for student success, resulting in the Presidential Fellows and the Center for International Studies. His encouraging presence at academic capstone presentations, student activities, and community events can attest to his commitment to cultivating an ever-increasing and inclusive community of mutual respect for the entire College community.

Building upon Keystone’s proud past and leading the College to a promising future by reinforcing the campus-wide commitment to the Keystone Promise that places student engagement and student success first, as well as working to keep Keystone accessible and affordable, the College continued to grow and improve under Dr. Coppola’s leadership by renovating Brooks Theater, the Hibbard Student Center, and adding a state-of-the-art Athletic Track and Field, the Eckel Family Pavilion, the Elmer Hawk Veteran’s Center, and numerous learning/living spaces.


Before serving at Keystone College, Dr. Coppola served as Vice President of Strategic Planning and Administration and Executive Director of the Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, since 1998. He had taught at Sacred Heart in the departments of Religious Studies and Education, and at Fordham University, New York, in the Graduate Schools of Education and Religious Education.

Dr. Coppola received his Ph.D. from Fordham University and wrote his dissertation on moral leadership in schools. A past Consulting Editor for the Sacred Heart University Review, Dr. Coppola has written on education, religion, leadership and youth issues. Representative publications include: “Then and Now: 10 Advances in Christian-Jewish Understanding Since Nostra Aetate” (1999), With My Last Breath Let Me See Jerusalem: Memoirs of Holocaust Survivor Leo Neuman (2000), Religion and Violence, Religion and Peace, editor with Joseph H. Ehrenkranz (2001), a book review on Papal Sin: Structures of Deceit by Gary Wills, in Catholic Education Journal (March, 2002), Religion, Violence and Peace, Continuing Conversations (2004), What Do We Want the Other to Teach About Us? (2006), and “Towards a Theoretical Framework for Participating in Interreligious Dialogue and Education” (2011).

A teacher and crisis intervention counselor of elementary and high school students for more than 30 years, Dr. Coppola has spoken at hundreds of workshops and days of renewal for teachers and church groups and he has served as a youth consultant to YMCA groups. More recently, his focus has been on developing programs to educate young leaders of the Abrahamic faiths in intercultural dialogue. Dr. Coppola lives with his wife, Delia, and their two sons on the campus of Keystone College.

President Coppola’s Lectures

Blue Ribbons

Keystone College Master’s Hooding Ceremony 2018

Take a Walk

Keystone College Spring Honors Convocation 2018

Got Dreams?

Keystone College Spring All-Honors Convocation 2017

A Knack for Virtue

Keystone College Spring Undergraduate Research and Creativity Celebration 2017

Full of Life

Keystone College Commencement 2015


Keystone College Honors Convocation 2015

Choose Love

Keystone College Commencement 2014

President Coppola in the News

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Times-Tribune Economic Forum 2019

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Dr. Tracy Brundage Named Eleventh President

Following an extensive national search, the Keystone College Board of Trustees announced Tracy L. Brundage, Ph.D., will become the eleventh president of Keystone, effective July 1, 2018. Highlights of media coverage.

Keystone celebrates opening new trail

Scranton Times-Tribune Keystone College reached back into the past to make connections for the future with the grand opening Thursday, August 10, of a 1.5-mile segment of the Trolley Trail. Read more.

Community, college unite in shared grief

The Sunday Times Keystone College President David L. Coppola, Ph.D, reflects on the passing of Keystone students Michael “Jake” Burkhardt and Tashandra Burton. Read more.

College cost within reach, worth expense

The Sunday Times The true picture concerning college affordability is much brighter than often painted. Yes, paying for a college education is not an easy task, but neither are other major investments such as purchasing a home or a car. Read more.

Keystone well represented at Awards and Dinner

The Northeastern Pennsylvania Business Journal Keystone College was represented at the Northeast Environmental Partner’s 24th Annual Environmental Partnership Awards and Dinner on October 30. Read more.

Keystone inaugurates 10th president and 19th leader

The Wyoming County Press Examiner In a ceremony last Thursday, Keystone College inaugurated its 10th president and 19th leader of the institution begun in 1868 as Keystone Academy. Read more.